Decoding Dog Language: What Does a Bark Mean?

Your dog probably has all manner of expressing himself, whether it’s body language or verbal cues – such as barking. There is meaning in this expression, and your dog’s bark may have a lot to say about what’s going on in that brain of his. Understanding various barks and sounds from pets is key in making sure they are healthy, safe, and engaged in our lives with them. 

If your dog is a barker, you may ask yourself, what does a bark mean? Your friends at Highway Veterinary Hospital are here to decode this language for a better bond with your furry friend.

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Adventures Indoors: Creative Ideas for Indoor Pet Activities

Through the past few months of the pandemic, many of us have been pulling out all of the stops when it comes to entertaining ourselves. From art projects to YouTube travel, we are opting for new, fun indoor activities to keep us busy. Our pets also have a serious case of cabin fever and need daily exercise and enrichment to keep them from becoming listless, unhealthy or overweight, and bored.

The good news is that your friends at Highway Veterinary Hospital have some cool new games and activities that will entertain even the most discerning of pets. Read on to learn more!

8 Great Indoor Pet Activities for Your Fur Friend

Since movement and fun are important to the health and well-being of your pet, you don’t have to ditch those when you can’t get outside. There are many things you and your bestie can do when the weather stinks or you’re otherwise stuck inside.

  1. Learn something new together – There are some great options in online group classes for pets and people. You can learn how to dance together, zen out on downward dog during a doga class, or try your hand  at some DIY homemade treats or meals  for your pet.
  2. Play an indoor game of fetch – Yes, you can still play that favorite backyard game, but just switch to a soft ball or toy to throw. Pull away the furniture in the living room and toss the toy! Or, use a big space like a garage or rec room.
  3. Buy some puzzle games – Food based puzzle games are especially enjoyable for your pet. The challenge is to get small treats or pieces of kibble out of the toy. Your pet’s brain will be active, and this is a good way to slow down a quick-eating pet.
  4. Teach new tricks – Old dogs can learn new tricks. There are several commands you can teach your pet to keep them active and engaged. Tricks like beg, sit up, roll over, and so on are fun for your pet who wants an extra challenge. After you have mastered them, make a video. We’d love to see their new skills.
  5. Set up an agility course – there are some great agility courses that can easily be made using things lying around the home. Set up open boxes, kiddie pools filled with balls and toys, poles and chairs for jumping, and other obstacles. You can also purchase a ready-made agility course online, too.
  6. Build a catio – Your cat will love the addition of an extra, screened-in space to look at birds, play, and relax. Catios are essentially screened in patios that can be made as a standalone to use in the yard, an extension of a porch, or as a window unit. There are multiple plans available online to put your DIY skills to work.
  7. Use your pet’s nose for a scavenger hunt – The nose knows, as you know. Put your pet’s Sherlock Holmes skills to the test by hiding various treats, toys, or pieces of their kibble around the house. Then get them to go scout it out with their keenest sense, their sense of smell.
  8. Dance with your pet – Your pet may never have the moves of Fred Astaire, but they will definitely get into the groove if you put on some tunes and dance. Many dogs will hop on hind legs or circle around you if the music is right and the excitement of dancing is in the air. It’s a fun time for everyone in the family, too. 

We’re Only a Phone Call Away!

During the COVID-19 standstill, we are here for you and your pet. We are currently open Mondays through Fridays with varying hours.

We recommend that your pets stay current on any long term medications, their heartworm prevention, and their flea & tick prevention. Rabies and Leptospirosis are zoonotic diseases; therefore, we strongly recommend keeping current with these booster vaccines, too.

If you have any questions about your pet, including their vaccine status, just give us a call!

Holiday Pet Adoption: No Greater Gift

There’s no greater gift a shelter pet can receive than a loving family. And the thought of bringing home a new pet for the holidays can make us almost giddy with excitement! But  without proper planning, surprising our significant other, child, or other loved one with a new pet may backfire. 

Holiday pet adoption can be successful if preparation and planning are undertaken first. Our tips can help to make sure your new pet’s home is a forever home. 

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What Fear Free Veterinary Visits Mean for You and Your Pet

A dog sits patiently at the vet

For many pet owners, taking their furry loved one to the veterinarian requires a nearly Herculean effort. Whether it’s battling Fluffy to get into her carrier (if you can even find her when it’s time to go), struggling with a scared dog, or anything in between, it’s natural to hesitate when it comes to the logistics of getting your pet the care they need.

Many pets miss out on basic preventive care, and even sick care, due to their extreme fear; but the times they are a-changin. Helping pets get the care they need and deserve is our passion at Highway Veterinary Hospital, and we are proud to embrace the trend of Fear Free veterinary visits. 

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How to Get Your Pet Rent Ready!

For many landlords, renting to pet owners is a no-brainer. Generally speaking, they are considered more responsible, less likely to break the lease and move, and either pay an upfront pet deposit, or an extra pet rent every month. In other words, diligent screening of pet owners and their best friends can yield extraordinary results for everyone.

Of course, making a great first impression on a potential landlord is key when it comes to finding a pet-friendly rental property. Keep reading to learn more about how to get your pet rent ready!

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Feeling Grrr-ateful This Year? How Pet Lovers Can Give Back on Thanksgiving

How Pet Lovers Can Give Back on Thanksgiving is by volunteering with pets

Whether it’s our health or beloved family and friends, Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how fortunate we are in many different ways. For pet lovers, recognizing and appreciating the numerous ways animals impact our lives is what Thanksgiving is all about. Taking that sense of gratitude a step further, the team at Highway Veterinary Hospital wants to explore ways to give back this holiday season. We hope you’ll join us!  

Inspired Warmth

Pets remind us that we’re lucky to have a place to call home. They keep our favorite chairs warm while we’re away and love us without condition. All of the support and companionship they provide unites pet lovers and informs our interactions with other people each and every day.

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Home Delivery: Our Online Pet Pharmacy

Get your pet medications via home delivery!In the age of the internet, home delivery is nothing new. Jeff Bezos has led the charge in saving us all time and energy by making almost anything – even groceries – available for online purchase and home delivery. The modern world has put everything at our fingertips, but when it comes to pet medications, this can be risky and even deadly.

Highway Veterinary Hospital recognizes the value of your time, and we also want pets to stay safe. That’s why we’ve launched our own online store that’s both convenient and provides you with a trusted, reputable online pet pharmacy.

The Online Pet Pharmacy Problem

Online pet pharmacies have been around for many years. In a nutshell, you order your pet’s medications, products, and food from home. The company you order with contacts us for approval. Your products are then delivered when you need them – straight to your door. Continue…

Caring for Our Community, Caring for Animals: The Big Red Doghouse Foundation

big red doghouse foundationAs a pet parent, we know that you feel strongly about the well-being of all animals. After all, our special furry family members bring so much joy, wonder, and fulfillment to our lives; it’s natural to want to do everything we can to keep them happy, healthy and as safe as possible.

That’s where the Big Red Doghouse Foundation comes into play. Highway Veterinary Hospital is pleased to announce our very first nonprofit endeavor that aims to help foundations that are focused on very important work: providing much needed services to those pets who need it most!

Keep reading to learn more!

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Protect and Serve: All About K9 Officer Dogs

K9Dogs have protected human societies for well over 10,000 years. The first record of dogs defending humans in battle was around 600 B.C., and dogs continued to serve and protect humans all over the world, from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, to a variety of Far East cultures.

The natural progression of our dependence on dogs led to the first organized police dog program in Ghent, Belgium in 1899. Since then, K9 officer dogs have been an important part of police and military programs throughout the world.

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Cuteness Overload: New Puppy Care 101

Bringing home a new puppy may well be one of life’s great pleasures. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pet owner, you are no doubt aware of the large amount of work that goes into new puppy care. Your pet needs so much more than food and water to grow into a happy and thriving adult dog.

Your health care team at Highway Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing you with the tools you need every step of the way.

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